LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT: Dickens Charles

LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT

Dickens Charles

Published by London Chapman and Hall 1844, 1844
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First edition, first issue, with "100£" on the signpost in the engraved frontispiece. With frontispiece and 39 engravings after illustrations by 'Phiz'. 8vo, handsomely bound in fine 3/4 antique morocco over cloth boards, the spines with raised bands gilt ruled, lettered in gilt in two compartments bordered in blind, a.e.g., fine marbled endleaves. xiv, errata, 624. A very handsome and appealing copy in an unusually fine state of preservation. A few plates with the typical aging, but a copy generally free of the inevitable toning associated with the engravings in copies of Dickensí first edition novels. FINE AND SCARCE FIRST EDITION. Some critics have stated that this novel is Dickens at his best, with the character Pecksniff being one of Dicken's most brilliant contributions to English literature. Critics generally agree that while MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT is somewhat roughly put together in its artistic structure, it more than makes up for it in its brilliant character development and descriptive prose that reveal Dickensí talents at their finest. "In [the book] he displays the fulness of his preservative power, the ripeness of his humour, the richest flow of his satiric vivacity, and the culmination of his melodramatic vigour." Some declare that the character of Pecksniff to be one of Dickens' most brilliant contributions to English literature; Gissing calls him and Mrs. Gamp "masterpieces of genius in its happiest mood.". Bookseller Inventory # 21257

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Title: LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT

Publisher: London Chapman and Hall 1844

Publication Date: 1844

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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